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Crassocephalum rubens (Juss. ex Jacq.) [family ASTERACEAE ] (stored under name); Crassocephalum cernuum Hiern [family ASTERACEAE ]. Crassocephalum rubens (Juss.) S. Moore [family COMPOSITAE]. Herbarium. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (K). Collection. Useful Plants of West Tropical Africa . Crassocephalum rubens (Jussieu ex Jacquin) S. Moore, J. Bot. 蓝 花野茼蒿 lan hua ye tong hao. Senecio rubens Jussieu ex Jacquin, Hort. Vindob .

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Crassocephalum rubens Crassocephalum rubens Jacq. Removal of the flowering shoots encourages leaf production. The Government Printer, Zomba, Nyasaland. This variation is not yet fully understood. Food composition crassocephakum for use in Africa.

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There are citation in web searches related to Crassocephalum rubens Juss. In tropical Africa Crassocephalum comprises about 24 species, many of which have medicinal uses. Variation in rubrns in Malawi means that some types are regularly eaten, others only in times of shortage.

Inflorescence a head, up to 18 heads arranged in a terminal corymb. An overview of the cultivated species. The Senecioneae in east tropical Africa.

Crassocephalum rubens – Useful Tropical Plants

Fruit a ribbed achene, up to 2. Wageningen Agricultural University, Wageningen, Netherlands. Research on the use crassocepbalum a vegetable would benefit from a better understanding of the variation within the species.


A diagnostic survey of farm resources and farm produce of the peasant farmers of the south-western Nigeria. International Journal of Tropical Agriculture 13 1—4: Until recently Crassocephalum rubens and Crassocephalum sarcobasis were considered distinct species with considerable variation within each species. Backhuys Publishers, Leiden, Netherlands. Variation has resulted in the distinction of 2 types in northern Sierra Rkbens.

Citation in scholarly articles. In East Africa it is crassocphalum as an antidote against any form of poisoning. Fresh leaves contain per g edible portion: Technical Handbook No They are mucilaginous and used for soups and sauces. Flore de Madagascar et des Comores plantes vasculairesfamilletome 3.

Erect, annual herb up to 80 cm tall.

Notes on Compositae 4. Although widely considered a weed, it can be easily controlled, and promoting its cultivation as a vegetable or medicinal plant is not likely to aggravate the weed problems. Crassocephalum rubens Crassocephalum crepidioides x – 25k – jpg en.

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In Uganda the leaves are dried, chopped and cooked with peas or beans. There are book citations related to Crassocephalum rubens Juss. Cultivation of Crassocephalum rubens is restricted to south-western Nigeria. Crassocephalum rubens occurs as rubena weed in arable land, along riversides and roadsides, mostly at higher altitudes. Wageningen Agricultural University Papers 90—1. There are 51 citation in scholarly articles related to Crassocephalum rubens Juss.


In Uganda it prefers sandy loams and is found up to m in areas with an annual rainfall of — mm. Medicinal and poisonous plants 3. There are crassocwphalum citations in Afrirefs related to Crassocephalum rubens Juss. Leaves arranged spirally, sessile; stipules absent; blade of lower leaves elliptical, oblanceolate or obovate, 4. Useful plants of Nyasaland.

As Crassocephalum rubens is widespread in the tropics it is not threatened with extinction. Crassocephalum rubens is crassoceephalum medicinally as a stomachic and to treat liver complaints and colds, and externally to treat burns, sore eyes filariaearache, leprosy and breast cancer.

Flowers bisexual, equal; corolla tubular, 8—10 mm long, violet, mauve or purple. The leaves of Crassocephalum rubens are commonly eaten in south-western Nigeria, less so in other humid ruhens of West and Central Africa. It requires support and shade and is often grown among cocoa trees.